Debbie’s Kitchen, an Albany institution for sandwiches, soups and baked goods since 1985, minus a hiatus or two, is closing for good after business on Saturday.
On Thursday morning, founder Debbie Klauber said, “It just got so hard” after the COVID-19 crisis forced restaurants to adapt to takeout and cast a general sense of uncertainty over the hospitality industry and society as a whole. Klauber stayed open for several weeks, closed for a few days last week and returned for three final days.
“It started to give me pause,” said the 63-year-old Klauber. “Was I doing a service by staying open or a disservice by not being as safe as I could be?”
Hours through Saturday will be 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Fare includes Klauber’s signature sandwiches and soups, brownies and other sweet baked goods, quiches and additional goodies, as dictated by whim and ingredient availability. The address is 465 Madison Ave.
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